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Weekly Word Count #122

Word Count: 12,033

What story I’m currently working on: Well, the fantasy heist picked up steam. I am going to attempt the crazy and try to finish it before the end of October…we shall see…I polevaulted ahead to 40k this week, almost at the halfway point, so it just might be doable. I had an aggressive start, which was awesome, and ideally, I’d like to finish it so I can switch gears to The Airship Also Rises come November! (steampunk pun, hee!)

What I’m editing/marketing: Forged Alliances came out two weeks ago, but already I’m switching focus to the release coming up IN two weeks! Captured Memories is now available for pre-order here! Beyond that, you’ll have Of Tinkers and Technomancers and A Reflection of Ice to look forward to in the beginning of 2018, and I’m not stopping for a heartbeat. Gotta keep on, keepin on. I’ve begun diving into edits for Forged Decisions, and I have a good idea of where I want to go with that, so I’m excited to push them through. My hope is that Forged Decisions will be submission ready by the end of November!

Teaser of the week:

Lyra had been born in the cold, and in the stark of winter she thrived.

Line of the week:

How wrong she had been. The girl who stood before her was the same jagged glass personality, quick for a response and too blunt for her own good, but Weavers bless, she had a devoted heart that hadn’t changed. Once Fiona Blackwater got her talons into you, the woman would sail straight through a storm, torch a building, or even thrash the bitch who ran the serving quarters in retribution. Even when she’d gotten whipped out in the yard afterwards.

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Weekly Word Count #111

Word Count: 17100

What story I’m full *steam* ahead on this steampunk story! And by that, I mean by the next update it’s going to be finished. I’m at 28k and I’m only projecting about 30ish for this novella! Which means what project comes next will be a roulette, lol. Who knows!I even did a bit more of the Musketeer Pirate story, closing out another chapter at 5k. Slowly, this world is starting to unfold, and it’s been a joy to write behind the scenes. Every ounce of it is pure inspiration.

What I’m editing/marketing: NONE OF THE THINGS! Well, mostly because I’m writing like a beast. Captivating Melody is still in edits, but it’s just paused while I push through on this steampunk story…which I can soon edit! Although, on a super cool note, I’m currently doing edits on the audio files for the Airship Named Desire audio book. I’m not going to lie, this narrator is so talented she’ll give you goosebumps. I haven’t fallen in love with a voice like this since FemShep.

Teaser of the week:

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Line of the week:

“Because it took a stubborn technomancer willing to risk everything for those she cared about to remind me that I was capable of a little daring too.” He offered her a half-smile, trying to ignore the way his pulse quickened, at how his heart twisted with the intensity of the admiration he felt for her. He’d offered many, many lies in his day, but this was the solemn truth, and by the blazes, it felt glorious to let it free.

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Weekly Word Count #108

Word Count: 7041

What story I’m working on: Guys, I’m not the worst! I put a serious dent into Forged Decisions, making my way to 13k! Things started falling into place with me for that story, which is giving me the fortitude to keep moving forward. I also started playing around with a new project, one that will be amazingly interesting, mostly because I’ve never done something like it before. I got 600 words into this story, but I’m going to take my time and really develop the worldbuilding first before throwing myself into it.

What I’m editing/marketing: Welp, beginning of the week I finished editing Outlier Heir, my YA space opera, so now comes the draining, oft horrifying submissions stage! And already, Waking for Winter is coming out next week. EEK. Final Coven Chronicles book release–makes my lil heart twist!

Teaser of the week:

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Line of the week:

Navi glanced down to her bare thighs, noticing for the first time that she was wearing his shirt and he currently had those fantastic pecs on full display. With the anger cleared from her headspace at the moment, the lust returned in full force, the close proximity only fueling her fire. “Don’t suppose you’ve got a back entrance to those spares? It’d be a discredit to my surly Tribe image if I’m walking through the place in your shirt.”

A different scent tingled her nose, the strong note of his arousal that made her want to moan on the spot. She didn’t need to glance over to those gym shorts to notice the erection he was packing. Her panther wasn’t resisting the wolfish scent of him either, instead, the bitch was preening inside her chest. Not helping her ignore the tangled web of emotions that she’d rather leave for a rainy day, or never.

“Fiesty thing like you? No one would dare make a comment. Even if my shirt might as well be a dress on you,” he teased, his hazel eyes sparking with amusement.

Navi cracked her knuckles. “You’re playing with fire, babe.”

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2017 Mid-Year Review

Well hell, is it already the halfway point?

Thus far, 2017 has seen the release of Rising for Autumn back in February, and in July, book 4, Waking for Winter will come out with Loose Id. What does that mean? It means my final Philadelphia Coven Chronicles book will release!

This time last year, I was prepping the second Take to the Skies book, and I’m happy to say I just started writing the third and final, so you can probably look to the horizon for that release next year.

On the writing front, I’ve kept busy. I have a YA space opera project I’ve been jamming away at, as well as a shifter series in the works. I just sent the first novel in the series to publishers, so fingers crossed–you may get Forged Alliances and the start of a fun new series before the end of 2017!

I also entered into the foray of contemporary romance with a novella that I’m preparing to submit–Captured Memories. This was a super intense story for me, and I’m hoping you all love Zane and Liv’s story as much as I do.

So what do you have to look forward to the rest of 2017? More releases from me, of course, and I hope more announcements of future books for you to read. If you’re an audiobook fan, An Airship Named Desire will be available in audiobook later in the year, an the voice actress is hella talented.

I’ve been jamming this year full of projects that I can’t wait to share with you, ones that include the strong, capable females I write, plenty of snark, complicated men, and stories that represent real problems. For those who have stuck with me so far and continue to do so, thank you a thousand times over–I write these stories for you ❤

 

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Weekly Word Count #102

Word Count: 10,002

What story I’m working on: Weeeehell now. I apparently surged ahead a lot quicker than anticipated with Cupid’s Cafe, because I’m now at 25k (with about 15k left to go!) If I can keep up this pace, the goal is to finish the rough draft by the end of May, which *may* (har har) in fact be doable! It’s a really intense story, but since it’s shorter, the plot already unfolded quite clearly and it should be an engaging ride.

What I’m editing/marketing: Oh my lord, I submerged myself in edits for Future King. Got through the content edits from my first beta reader, and now I’m kind of chilling at the moment while I wait on more crits to come in from other beta readers. I’ve got fine tuning edits to do at this point, since I tackled a LOT of content stuff. The story is hella fun though. As for marketing, I’ve begun firing things up for Waking for Winter since it’s less than two months away from release!

Teaser of the week:

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Line of the week:

“I think I’m quite capable of deciding what’s safe and not,” Liv argued, her grip tightening so hard around her mug it threatened to shatter. “And just because you’ve got access to someone’s personal details doesn’t mean you should dive right in. Folks deserve to share their secrets on their own accord.”

“Your judgment hasn’t always been sound,” Lex warned, that preachy big-brother tone in his voice. Tessa, who had been backing him up, whipped towards him, indignation written on her face.

Oh hell no.

Fury radiated through Liv in one fierce, sweeping torrent. Fury at what had happened to her back in college, fury at the way how so few treated her as normal the second they found out, and fury, endless fury at the blame that infiltrated even from her closest.

“You’re going to shut the hell up, now, Lex,” she said, her voice simmering at a deadly, even tone. “And you’re never again going to attempt to blame me, your younger sister, for what that monster did to me. If you can’t manage to treat me with the slightest modicum of respect, and if you can’t treat me as anything other than the goddamn victim I’m not, then I have no more use for you in my life.”

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Weekly Word Count #101

Word Count: 4,085

What story I’m working on: Slowed down a bunch this week due to coming home from Steampunk World’s Fair and having to get back into the writing groove. I hit 15k with the Cupid’s Cafe story where I’m scrambling to figure out where they’re heading before the next big plot point comes up.

What I’m editing/marketing: Threw myself fully into editing Future King, which has been super fun even if the edits are slow going. I’m going to practice some patience on this one and make sure it’s as polished as possible before I submit though. Plus, in the span of a week, I managed to get four rounds of content edits exchanged with my editor, meaning Waking for Winter is off to lines!

Teaser of the week:

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Line of the week:

The word said aloud made him cringe, from the thousands of confessions he heard at the meetings to the memories tied along with it—of the scent of vomit and piss in a rotten alleyway, of how every muscle in his body ached so much he thought he’d never move again, and of the deep depression that saturated his bones in the aftermath, so strong he wanted to die.

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Weekly Word Count #100

Word Count: 8,065

What story I’m working on: Hit 11k in my Cupid’s Cafe story and I’m pushing through some really, really dark scenes. This romance is going to be a rough ride, but my lord, Liv’s character is just leaping off the page. She’s so vibrant and clear.

What I’m editing/marketing: Just got the first beta reader response on Future King which is enough of a motivator to throw myself into the deep end a little deeper. When this story is done, my lord, it’s going to shine. Also got the first round of edits done on Waking for Winter, so now I’m just waiting on round two! Plus, An Airship Named Desire AND A Tale of Two Airships are on sale for 99 cents this week only!

Teaser of the week:

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Line of the week:

The years melted away as they kissed, each clash of their lips like he breathed life into her once more, like her hopes hadn’t shattered on the rocks years ago. Like she was still sixteen and could almost reach that sky full of stars.

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Weekly Word Count #98

Word Count: 10,069

What story I’m working on: Since my word count from last week was so low, I charged into this week at full speed, hitting 70k. Now that I have nothing on the editing plate and because I’m nearing the end of Future King, I am just throwing all my efforts into this story. It’s either going to be another 5k or 10k (not really sure yet) so I’m anticipating finishing it next week. This story is my heart and soul at the moment, so I’m really hoping to have some luck with it.

What I’m editing/marketing: NOTHING TO EDIT!! Seriously, this rarely happens. Since I pushed so hard with Forged Alliances though, my editing plate is freed up. I’m also waiting for the first edits for Waking for Winter too, so yeah…it’s crazy!

Teaser of the week:

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Line of the week:

I’d met criminals with more honor than an entire battalion, I’d tapped into the magic that I’d been told to push down my entire life, and I’d met the sort of man who inspired me to fight those restraints, who helped me achieve more than I ever believed possible.

“I understand now,” I said, my fingertips tracing the glass in front of me as I stared out with her, into the starry sky beyond. “How you could leave Europa and never look back. Why you’d risk everything for this cause.”

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Weekly Word Count #87

Word Count: 5,272

What story I’m working on: Hit 21k with Future King, which has been slow moving as of late. Meanwhile, things are really picking up pace with the shifter story and I’m starting to try and come up with a title. Any suggestions? I just hit 28k there and reached sort of the midway point of the story and where it’ll unfold from here.

What I’m editing/marketing: Just completed the final edit of Waking for Winter. Can’t wait to submit the final book in the Philadelphia Coven Chronicles to Tamzin! And on February 7th, book three, Rising for Autumn comes out, and I’m beyond excited for that release. I’m hella proud of that book.

Line of the week:

Well, Dax had wanted distraction, but he didn’t think meeting the infamous Tribe with a raging hard-on was putting his best foot forward. Still, the bloom of Sierra’s arousal in the air wasn’t helping tamp down the intense lust she inspired in him. He sucked in a deep breath and focused on nasty ass things, like wrinkled, paper-thin skin, the moldy can of tomatoes he had in the fridge, and the bottle of midori he’d killed as a teen, turning his puke neon green for days. By the time she opened the bar door, he was ready to face whoever waited inside.

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Weekly Word Count #8

Word Count: 3,529

What story I’m working on: Continuing to plug away at my Future King story as well as the summer Shifter one. Just hit 12k with the Future King and already at 8k with the summer Shifter story!

What I’m editing/marketing: Currently editing Waking for Winter since most of my beta feedback has returned and I’m prepping for the early release of Rising for Autumn on February 7th!

Line of the week:

The few times I’d experienced such unbridled elation circled around past memories as a kid, a freedom I didn’t think I could reach again. Of running through fields with Morgan, the breeze streaming through our hair as we adventured past the borders of Blackwood, exploring the unknown in a way I had only dared to while she was at my side. At once, my heart clenched tight with the realization of how much of myself I had lost with her, how I’d locked that part that lived and loved away after my little sister had died.